Friday, 15 December 2017

Book Review: Mirror, Mirror by Cara Delevigne

Friends. Lover. Victim. Traitor.
When you look in the mirror, what do you see? 

Sixteen-year-old friends Red, Leo, Rose and Naomi are misfits; still figuring out who they are and who they want to be. Life isn't perfect, but music brings them together, and they are excited about what the future holds for their band, Mirror, Mirror. That is until Naomi vanishes before being pulled unconscious out of the river.

She's left fighting for her life in a coma. The police claim it was a failed suicide attempt, but her friend's aren't convinced. Will Naomi ever wake up? What - or perhaps who - led her to that hospital bed? And how did Red, the self-styled protector of the group, fail to spot the warning signs? 

While Rose turns to wild partying and Leo is shrouded by black moods, Red sets out to uncover the truth. It's a journey that will cause Red's world to crack, exposing the group's darkest secrets. Nothing will ever be the same again, because once a mirror is shattered, it can't be fixed.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Drying Clothes Inside Could Be Unhealthy*

*This is a collaborative post*

December not only heralds the (traditional) start of the festive season, but it's also the middle of winter. Time spent outside is kept to a minimum – if you can help it!. And if you're hanging washing outside, the only 8 hours of daylight means you need to be quick!

It comes as no surprise that many of us in the UK choose to dry our clothes indoors. If not for the cold or the lack of sunlight, the 30 to 40 days of rain in winter makes this seem a sensible decision.

So, it came as a bit of a surprise when I read this article on drying clothes inside.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Keeping The Cost of Christmas Low* || With Morses Club

*This post in collaboration with Morses Club*

Guys, Christmas is coming. And with it? Financial ruin. Okay, forgive me for being a little dramatic here. But if you're anything like me, you'll really be feeling the pinch at this most festive time of the year. So today, I'm sharing some festive, money-saving tips and tricks to help you keep your bank balance in the black! 

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Haul Post!

Well, these haul posts are becoming something of a Sunday staple, aren't they? I'm finally working through my backlog of photos, though, so that's good! Here's what I've been buying recently...

You guys; Wilko used this photo, my photo, of their Rose Gold Alarm Clock on their Instagram page. They then contacted me to ask if they could use the photo in their mailers, on their website etc! Am I famous yet?


Friday, 8 December 2017

Book Review: The Child by Fiona Barton

As an old house is demolished in a gentrifying section of London, a workman discovers a tiny skeleton, buried for years. For journalist Kate Waters, it's a story that deserves attention. She cobbles together a piece for her newspaper, but at a loss for answers, she can only pose a question: Who is the Building Site Baby?

As Kate investigates, she unearths connections to a crime that rocked the city decades earlier: A newborn baby was stolen from the maternity ward in a local hospital and was never found. Her heartbroken parents were left devastated by the loss.

But there is more to the story, and Kate is drawn - house by house - into the pasts of the people who once lived in this neighbourhood that has given up its greatest mystery. And she soon finds herself the keeper of unexpected secrets that erupt in the lives of three women - and torn between what she can and cannot tell...

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Counting Down To Christmas* || With Wilko

When I was growing up, advent calendars came either in the form of chocolate or a candle. Who else had an advent candle? I had one every year growing up, and I loved lighting it and watching it burn down with my grandma. Chocolate advent calendars were where it was at though, they were the BOMB. Never was chocolate for breakfast acceptable except for at Christmas, when you were allowed to open a door of your advent calendar every morning before school! 

Monday, 4 December 2017

November Reading Wrap-Up//December TBR

November was something of an epic month for reading, then. Not only did I manage to hit my 2017 Goodreads Reading Challenge of 110 books, with time to spare, but I read a sum total of 21 books in November! That's got to be a personal best! Of course, it helps that 12 of those 21 books were short stories; coming in at 100 pages, or just over. That still leaves something like 9 full sized books read in the month, though, alongside those 12 shorts. Still pretty amazing, I'd say! Here's what I read in November...

This post would become rather ridiculously long if I were to provide a mini-review of all 12 James Patterson short stories I read in November. Instead, here's a list of the BookShots I read in November, and my star review of each.
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